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Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.

Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.
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Rob Tong from the Youth Baseball Edge blog interviews experts in youth baseball and related fields as they share their practical, actionable secrets for youth baseball success. Discover coaching tips, resources, drills, practice plans, strategies and much more so that you can help develop a more complete ballplayer and team. Understand how pitching, hitting, catching, fielding, baserunning, throwing, infield and outfield defense, bunting, pre-game routines, the mental game, practice organization, in-game strategies, sportsmanship and even post-game speeches are not just separate parts but interconnected parts that should be taught from a big picture perspective. Learn from the interview guests how to distinguish proper fundamentals from fraudulent ones. Plus, exclusive segments and occasional surprises. No fluff, no promotion of other people's stuff, no wasting your time. Whether you coach travel baseball, Little League/Ripken/Babe Ruth/Pony/USA baseball/etc, or just your local park league, be inspired and help develop a love and passion for the game in the kids you lead, the next generation of baseball players.

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English


Episodes

YBE 125: Hope or Hype? Evaluating Baseball Products & Protocols with Dr. Chris McKenzie

11/6/2019
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With so many baseball products and ideologies competing in the marketplace, how do you know which ones work and which ones don't...or even worse, which ones make you worse? Are things like long toss and weighted baseballs just hype by their promoters? Are things like the Core Velocity Belt, Rope Trainer or the Durathro sock just hype by their inventors? Dr. Chris McKenzie, a board-certified sports & orthopedic physical therapist, discusses some products & protocols in Part 3 of a three-part...

Duration:00:33:59

YBE 124: Understanding Pitching Tightness & Flexibility with Dr. Chris McKenzie

10/14/2019
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When we help our kids learn to pitch, how much does tightness and flexibility play in the kids' ability to pick up what we teach? Dr. Chris McKenzie, a board-certified sports & orthopedic physical therapist, discusses these issues in Part 2 of a three-part interview. Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about the catcher position will be a waste of a skilled player's athleticism and degrade his knees and athleticism. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by...

Duration:00:44:27

YBE 123: The Kinetic Chain in Pitching with Dr. Chris McKenzie

9/27/2019
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What is the kinetic chain? How does it work with pitchers? Is it important to know? What do we need to know about it? Dr. Chris McKenzie, a board-certified sports & orthopedic physical therapist, goes over these concepts in Part 1 of a three-part (yes, three part) interview. Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about drills for helping a 7-year-old work on his swing with a tee and net setup. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review &...

Duration:00:47:07

YBE 122: Question Of The Week Mega Show #2

9/6/2019
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Rob Tong answers 8 more Question Of The Week submission, including some tryout questions, how to help a team frequently striking out looking, how to teach back picks to a 9U team, and more. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:52:21

YBE 121: Question Of The Week Mega Show #1

8/1/2019
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Rob Tong devotes this entire episode to answering several Question Of The Week submissions and hopefully you can gain something practical & actionable from the answers. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:36:34

YBE 120: Pro Tips For Competitive Toughness with Jake McKinley

7/15/2019
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How do you help develop competitive toughness in players who aren't by nature that way? There's no silver bullet but Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Jake McKinley shares some pro tips to help us help our players be more competitively tough. Plus Austin Wasserman has the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on kettle bell front rack reverse lunges. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether it's worth trying to hold runners on at third base. Please let us (and...

Duration:00:43:02

YBE 119: Building Competitive Toughness with Jake McKinley

6/14/2019
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Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Jake McKinley discusses how to build competitive toughness in youth baseball players. Plus Austin Wasserman has the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on single leg RDLs. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to help hitters who adjust to umpires making bad strike zone calls. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:43:54

YBE 118: Elite Is In The Details with Trent Mongero

5/2/2019
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Do details matter? This is baseball, not science, right? Doesn't focusing on details suck the fun out of the game or practice? Highly successful high school coach Trent Mongero of Glyn Academy (Ga) explains the detail he goes through with his players. Plus Austin Wasserman is back with the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on managing athletes with Osgood Schlatter's Disease. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about how to help hitters use their legs more in the swing. Please let us (and...

Duration:00:42:04

YBE 117: Improving Through The Mundane with Trent Mongero

4/6/2019
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The siren call of sexy-looking drills is a temptation to many a coach. We wouldn't want to be called "the boring coach", would we? Fast-forwarding through the fundamentals can be a dominant thought when we want to be "the cool coach." In this episode, Trent Mongero, the head coach at Glyn Academy (Ga) encourages us to focus on the fundamentals and shares his foundational drills with us—drills he uses even with college players. Plus Rob answers the Question of the Week about what to do...

Duration:00:47:28

YBE 116: Ground Forces Deep Dive with Justin Stone

3/15/2019
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We do a deep dive in ground forces to improve hitting. What is "leg-to-leg transfer speed"? How do you troubleshoot? What about coming up with swing mechanics by analyzing swing video? Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training explains key concepts to help you help your kids improve their hitting. This is Part 2 of 2. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:34:26

YBE 115: Hitting Using Ground Forces with Justin Stone

2/25/2019
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When we think of improving power in the batting swing, how often does "ground forces" come to mind? Probably never, for most people. So does that mean it's not important? If it is important, how do we tap into it? Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training shares what he's learned regarding ground forces and how to teach it. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:37:24

YBE 114: Coaching Lessons Learned in 2018

2/3/2019
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What lessons have you learned while coaching in 2018? Now that the year is in the books, it's a good time to reflect back on what transpired and see if there's anything you learned that you may be able to apply in 2019. Rob Tong shares seven coaching lessons he learned in 2018, and Paul Niggebrugge and Trent Mongero share the lessons they each learned in 2018. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:32:29

YBE 113: Practical Peak Mental Performance with Brian Cain

1/10/2019
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We've heard about the mental game but how do we actually apply it to our baseball coaching? How do we make the concept of mental game more practical? Brian Cain, #1 international best-selling author, speaker and coach, helps us with exactly that. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:39:00

YBE 112: Coaching Peak Mental Performance with Brian Cain

12/21/2018
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When one of your players doesn't feel confident on a particular day—or even throughout a particular season—what do you do? When a kid isn't having the results he wishes he had, what do you do? When you are looking for team leaders, what do you do? Brian Cain, a #1 international best-selling author, speaker and coach, helps answer some of these mental game questions and many others to help you give your team the edge. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us...

Duration:00:44:14

YBE 111: Big Tips, Big Gains

12/7/2018
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Last time, Rob Tong gave several small tips that can yield big improvements. They were small in the sense that they are minor changes to what you already do for your team. In today's show, Rob gives several big tips that can yield big improvements. This round of tips is "big" in the sense that they will change the culture of your team or program and generally will require a long-term vision and implementation. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an...

Duration:00:22:43

YBE 110: Small Tips, Big Gains

11/20/2018
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Did you know that if you are traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. and are off-course by just one degree, you'd end up in Baltimore? Small changes can sometimes have big consequences. And sometimes that applies to coaching youth baseball as well. Many times we're looking for that magic bullet that will make our kids enormously better—yet sometimes we just need to make some small, fine-tuned adjustments. Rob Tong shares seven seemingly minor changes coaches and parents can make to...

Duration:00:33:28

YBE 109: From Good To Great: Improving Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

10/19/2018
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Can pitch recognition skills separate the good batters from the great batters? Can pitch recognition training help overcome some common hitting flaws? Peter Fadde, author of "The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition", explores this and other topics related to pitch recognition. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about what is the best hitting aid for youth baseball. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an...

Duration:00:43:58

YBE 108: Intro To Pitch Recognition with Peter Fadde

10/5/2018
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What is "pitch recognition"? How is it different from "vision training"? How do you recognize pitches anyway? Peter Fadde, author of "The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition", shares his thoughts. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:36:33

YBE 107: How To Be A (Reasonably Good) Baseball Umpire with Brandon Jackson

9/18/2018
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How do you become an ump in youth leagues like Little League? How do you become a high school ump? College? Pros? What makes a good ump? Brandon Jackson, a long-time and well-respected collegiate umpire, shares his thoughts on these and other umpire-related topics. Please let us (and others) know how you feel about the show by giving us an honest review & rating on iTunes!

Duration:00:35:02

YBE 106: Commonly Misunderstood Baseball Rules with Brandon Jackson

9/1/2018
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Ever wonder what an umpire's thinking? What IS an umpire's strike zone supposed to be? Here's your chance to find out. Brandon Jackson, a long-time and well-respected collegiate umpire, explains umpiring philosophies and goes through some commonly misunderstood baseball rules that you might need to know someday. Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about whether the tennis swing will ruin the baseball swing. Please let us (and others) know how you feel...

Duration:00:55:24